Trekking on the Amalfi Coast: from Scala to Santa Maria dei Monti

The view of this plateau in the Lattari Mountains is very different from the rugged rocks of the Amalfi Coast

By Amalfi Coasting

Place of Departure: Scala

Place of Arrival: Santa Maria dei Monti

Walking time: 3 hours approx

Degree of difficulty: moderate

The walk starts in Campidoglio, a hamlet outside Scala.

Take the path classified as #53, that takes to a refuge called Rifugio di S. Maria dei Monti. 

From there continue along a path called “01 Alta Via dei Monti Lattari” until the a spring called Sorgente dell’Acqua Vrecciara.

These mountains provided the ice, or better the snow, for the sorbets served to the 18th century Neapolitan high society. The snow was accumulated in the wide hollow and preserved in special snow pits (one of which can be seen near the above mentioned house) and covered with a layer of ferns and soil. This procedure meant that the snow could be preserved until the summer when it was baled in ferns and taken down the valley to be sent to Naples or other cities in Campania.

The scenery is dominated by alders and chestnut trees that give shade for the walk.

The Amalfi Coast’s most well-known towns are Positano, Amalfi and Ravello, three jewels, each with its own unique character and beauty and all world renowned. But at the heart of the Costiera is a fourth jewel, Praiano, a less hectic and more authentic town, where many discerning tourists have begun to stay, using it as a base for their Amalfi Coasting. Try Praiano, trust us!

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